1891 – Beaver and Young


“Beaver and Young” – by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from “Animals and their Young”, by Harland Coultas, and published by S.W.Partridge & Co, in 1891. This is a charming study of a community of hard working beavers, including a mother beaver with her young in what for them, are natural surroundings created out of their own labours. Their environment of dams and beaver-houses has been crafted using their natural ability in engineering combined with basic animal ingenuity.  They combine, timbers and brush with mud to build their houses, in which they raise their young and the dams also provide a stockpile of captive fish that accumulate as they are brought downstream. This drawing captures a glimpse of mother with young in the foreground, while in the background, the other beavers are actively engaged in manoeuvring timber for the communal dam. We view this seemingly calm domestic, but active scene, through the eyes of the naturalist, interested in showing us a glimpse of the truth in nature. Likewise, reminiscent of a “still” shot, taken from a modern documentary, we get to see a moment in the life of these playful, yet industrious animals, that are equally comfortable on land or in water.

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Detail: Beaver and Young, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1891 – Beaver and Young                                        Book Cover:  Animals and their Young, by Harland Coultas

Detail: Beaver and Young, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Beaver and Young, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1891 – Beaver and Young

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